ERIC Number: ED252754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Professional and Community Groups toward Male and Female Suicide.
DeRose, Nancy; Page, Stewart
In order to explore attitudes toward female and male suicidal behaviors, psychologists (N=38), social workers (N=45), registered nurses (N=44), and lay persons (N=41) were asked to complete the Suicide Opinion Questionnaire (Domino et al., 1982). Half of the questionnaires for each group referred to a female target person and half referred to a male. The results indicated that the psychologists and social workers were the most accepting in their attitudes, and generally most knowledgeable about suicide. The community group appeared to be the least accepting of suicidal behavior, and were least aware of high risk factors. Among the professional groups, clear differences emerged in the seriousness accorded certain suicidal behaviors, and in the perceived character and motivation of the suicidal person. Differences also emerged in the perceptions of male and female suicide. Suicide was viewed as a viable option for males as an escape from life's problems. The suicidal behavior of females was seen as less sincere, more manipulative, less serious, and in some sense less important than that of males. An ultimate goal would be to ensure that service providers from various disciplines do not function at cross-purposes, either among themselves or in conjunction with attitudes held by non-professionals in the community. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Suicide Opinion Questionnaire
Note: Portions of this study were presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).